Author Topic: What happened to Mede8er?  (Read 1623 times)

Offline vvuuren

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What happened to Mede8er?
« on: January 16, 2017, 09:08:03 am »
So Mede8er shows up, brings out a few great products, then just disappears! No more Mede8er products, WTF?

Wouldve been nice to atleast know what is going on but we didn't hear anything, just BOOM gone!!

I feel abit sad and sickened by this   :'(
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Re: What happened to Mede8er?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 09:35:07 am »
They only make Media Players. The Media Player has had it's day. During the testing of first gen ARM based chips, 4K Smart TV's arrived. 4K TV without 4K media is a pointless exercise. Every 4k TV has to be Smart, and offer 4K vod. All the last few generations of HD TV's have also been Smart. The niche for external media players has shrunk to virtually nothing.  No point saying they are not as good an external device is they satisfy the needs of 99.9%. Not finding a decent first gen ARM chip, and they tested lots, saved them from having unprofitable product. To them it wasn't Boom, that would have been the sound of going bust. They where not going to do an A C Ryan, seeing themselves as Media Player makers first, and a business second.

You can never say, never again. When they started Smart TV's didn't exist. The likes of Popcorn (sigma) and Mede8er(realtek) identified something was missing and filled it. It is no longer missing, it comes built in. So what's needed is another missing feature to be supplied by small companies.
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Re: What happened to Mede8er?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 09:50:01 am »
Thank you for that,

however , not everyone can afford a 4K tv and everything that goes with it.

I enjoyed the simple setup of the mede8er, that I have a small player connected to my (gigabit) network which is connected to a NAS with al my media on. I haven't found any other product that meets my needs as the mede8er did.

So basically, there will be NO more mede8ers ever?

Now what am I supposed todo, plug a laptop into my tv to enjoy my multimedia?

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Re: What happened to Mede8er?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 09:53:44 am »
Has your current play stopped working? You can find lots of ARM based clones on line for next to nothing. That's a big part of the problem. Mede8er are squeezed by dumped ARM players at the bottom end, and Smart TV's at the top. The new Realtek Android TV chip everyone is raving about has no market segment to fi in. It's too expensive to compete with the bottom end, and those with 4K TV's don't need an external box.
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Re: What happened to Mede8er?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 10:01:52 am »
The 'optical' sound output is not working anymore, and I require a second one for the bedroom.

I have looked around online and shops, but can't find anything that meets my needs like mede8er.

For example, other media players I find don't have gigabit network and they don't have the function where you can view movie details on screen such as, movie cover photo, cast and description.

If you can send me a link of a good media player that has the above mentioned functions I will gladly have a look at it.

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Re: What happened to Mede8er?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 10:09:48 am »
The problem is Mede8er where testing the fundamentals when testing ARM chips. It was all about clocks and HD sound.  They did a lot of work to get 23.976 working with earlier models, and where not keen to repeat the process, especially with a smaller market and more competition. The never found one they where happy with....

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Re: What happened to Mede8er?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 10:31:38 am »
Companies do re-invent themselves to keep up their Standards. I used to buy Meridian Hi-fi in the late 70's and eighties. They where incredible good value, because the Japanese and Koreans dodn't see the need to push the boundaries. They soon did....
So Meridian said good bye to good value, and shot off into the stratosphere. Now you need thousands, and they fly in Russian Oligarchs to visit the show room.